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taint

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[ teynt ]
/ teɪnt /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to become tainted; spoil.
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Origin of taint

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First recorded in 1325–75; conflation of Middle English taynt, shortened variant of attaint “struck, attainted,” past participle of attainten “to convict” (see attaint), late Middle English taynt “hue, tint” (see tint), from Anglo-French teint or directly from Latin tinctus, equivalent to ting(ere) “to dye, color“ (see tinge) + -tus suffix of verb action); and teinte, from Late Latin tincta “inked stroke,” noun use of feminine of past participle of tingere

OTHER WORDS FROM taint

un·taint·ing, adjective

Other definitions for taint (2 of 2)

taint2

or t'aint


noun Slang: Vulgar.
the area between the testicles or vulva and the anus; the perineum.

Origin of taint

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First recorded in 1955–60; casual pronunciation of it ain’t (the one or the other), i.e., it is the area in between
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How to use taint in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for taint

taint
/ (teɪnt) /

verb
to affect or be affected by pollution or contaminationoil has tainted the water
to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
noun
a defect or flawa taint on someone's reputation
a trace of contamination or infection

Derived forms of taint

taintless, adjective

Word Origin for taint

C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye
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